US judge elected head of UN Balkans war crimes court

19th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

US judge Theodor Meron was on Wednesday elected head of a UN court dealing with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s.

Meron's two-year tenure will start on November 17 and he will replace Jamaican judge Patrick Robinson as head of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a statement said.

The 81-year-old has been a judge at the ICTY since 2001 and is an emeritus professor at New York University.

The court also elected Maltese judge Carmel Agius vice president to replace South Korean O-Gon Kwon.

© 2011 AFP

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